Coaching Committee

Ziad Zakharia

(Chairperson)

As well as being one of the owners of Ninja Nation Australia. Zac has been working at a special sports school for boys with behavioural problems (as seen on 60 Minutes and Australian Ninja Warrior) for 20 years.

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He previously lectured for three years at the Australian Catholic University on the physiological adaptations to weight training and martial arts to sports science students.

Zac is a 6-time world karate champion under the International Sports Karate Association, in the areas of weaponry, free forms, and full-contact fighting. He is a registered schoolteacher, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and Sports Scientist. He specialises in rehabilitation for Muscular-Skeletal Injuries, Weight Loss, Obesity, Diabetes and CVD. He also has a Masters degree by research in Special Educational Psychology, pertaining to dealing with delinquency in young males. He also competed on the inaugural season of Australian Ninja Warrior in 2017. Zac has a passion for fitness and educating young and old on the benefits of exercise and physical activity. He has been involved in the martial arts and fitness industry for over 40 years.

Ilca Andrikis

(Member)

Ilca Andrikis is a fully qualified and registered natural medicine practitioner in Naturopathy -Nutritional Medicine- Western Herbal Medicine. Her focus is in Sport alternative medicine and nutrition.

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Ilca has also worked at the Sydney 2000 Olympic games as a National Olympic Committee driver and liaison officer in the Olympic village with the Switzerland team. Ilca also worked in government department’s human resources in the event co-ordination section.

Emma Teede

(Chairperson)

Bio for Emma Teede:

Nickname: Australian Wonder Women

Experience:

  • Australian Ninja Warrior (S1 & S2)
  • Personal Trainer for 20 years
  • Coach
  • Ninja Worlds Athlete
  • Mother of 2

Business owner and manager for 20 years Emma has a lot of experience both as a PT and as an event co-ordinator.

Emma is the President of Australian Ninja Games -ANG which is Australia’s elite Ninja League, which it’s branched out from UNAA.

Her consistent passion and dedication for the growth of Ninja as a sport in Australia, has resulted in her becoming a trusted, well known and respected athlete within the Ninja community.

Her favourite quote: “You are stronger than you believe, you have greater powers than you know”

Dr Luke

(Member)

Mark Derrick

(Member)

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